Pigskin Preview: Panthers eye more ‘Dyverse’ offense

cffoot-28runThey say the best offense is a good defense. But in the case of the Carolina Forest football team, the best defense could be a new offense.

The Panthers defense has struggled to stop opponents over the past three seasons, when gun-slinging quarterback Will Brunson led a pass-oriented attack. But with Brunson now playing at Albany University, Carolina Forest is moving to a more ball-control offense.

Enter new QBs Matt Beale and Bryce Garrell, who are surrounded by weapons in second-year coach Marc Morris’ spread offense. Featured running back Dyverse Simmons is joined in the backfield by Drake Stone and Anthony McAfee, and receivers Victory Woods and Xavier Lynch provide the Panthers a more balanced attack.

Morris, who came to Carolina Forest from North Carolina shortly before the 2014 season following a drawn-out search, “got here late last year so we didn’t have a lot of time to install our system,” he said. “Now, with 365 days to prepare, they feel better about it.”

Carolina Forest hopes the possession offense can alleviate some of the pressure on the defense. Linebackers Ryan Perin and Tyler Harris look to anchor a more formidable force that can keep the Panthers close and give the offense a chance to win some ballgames.

Carolina Forest opens the season Friday at Darlington before starting a stretch of three straight home games.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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